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DAILY NEWS: Block's "Home Page" Links with IFC; IDA Changes

DAILY NEWS: Block's "Home Page" Links with IFC; IDA Changes




by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE


>> Doug Block's "Home Page" Continues Unique Run with IFC DV Theater Debut


(indieWIRE/7.19.00) -- At last year's Independent Feature Film Market I
moderated a panel discussion about the ways independent filmmakers were
utilizing the Internet as a tool for marketing and even distributing their
work. The conversation allowed me an opportunity to single out documentary
maker Doug Block and the work he was doing with his new film, "Home Page," a doc about the rise of web culture. After a Sundance '99 debut and a
screening on HBO, the movie was released simultaneously in theaters and
on the Internet.


Tonight, Block will achieve another notable distribution milestone when
his film kicks off The Independent Film Channel's new "DV Theater" series.
The move is timed to the video-on-demand (VOD), VHS, DVD and online
digital download launch of "Home Page."


Described as a "multi-platform programming strand" IFC's DV Theater will
begin at 9:30 p.m. ET tonight, and offer "Home Page" on the IFC cable
network and via broadband on its ifctv.com website.


"Home Page" showcases web-celeb Justin Hall, creator of "Links from the
Underground
" (www.links.net) as well as early Internet pioneers Howard
Rheingold
, Carl Steadman, Suck.com co-founder Julie Peterson, and the filmmaker himself. (Interestingly, Block has continually chronicled
the "Home Page" project on his own website -- www.d-word.com)


"I think of the film as just the introduction to the ongoing story,
which will continue to play out non-linearly on the web over the coming
years," Block offered in a recent email exchange about the DV Theater
debut. "And everything I do in film and on the web will continue to be
an outgrowth of Home Page." [Eugene Hernandez]


RELATED ARTICLE @ indieWIRE.com:


+ (Sep 18, 1998) Market Veteran Doug Block Goes "Home" in New Doc
http://207.71.8.227/film/interviews/int_Block_Doug_980918.html

>> IDA Seeking New Executive Following McLane Departure


(indieWIRE/7.19.00) -- The International Documentary Association (IDA)
has announced an international search for a new Executive Director
following last month's resignation by Betsy McLane. IDA President
David Haugland indicated, in a prepared statement, that Grace Ouchida
is serving as acting executive director during the interim period.


McLane, who joined IDA in 1992 replacing Lora Fox, has been given the
honorary title of Director Emeritus by the organization's board of
directors.


"Betsy McLane was a guiding light for this organization, and a source
of hope and inspiration for non-fiction filmmakers everywhere in the
world since she joined us in 1992," commeted Haugland in the prepared
statement. "She was tremendously dedicated to the IDA. Our membership has
doubled during her tenure and our effectiveness as a forum and advocate
for non-fiction filmmakers is both broader and deeper because of recent
initiatives."


IDA board members Steven Poster and Barbara Leigh Gregson are leading
the search for the new Executive Director. The IDA was founded in 1982
-- it now has 2,500 members in 50 countries. [Eugene Hernandez]


[For additional information visit the IDA website at www.documentary.org.]


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